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Project Life | Week 22

I’m welcoming myself back to my Project Life and getting the momentum going again.

Currently I’m on track with my weekly spreads. With all the traveling going on the past couple of months, I’m proud to say I’ve been very disciplined in putting my pages together. Right now I’m on Week 31. I’ve printed last week’s photos and just waiting this weekend to add some journaling and embellishments.

Here’s a quick recap of the process on how I managed to keep up and some tips which may answer some of your questions.

– I dedicate an hour or two at the end of the week, usually on Sunday to upload the current week’s photos to iPhoto and organise them in my weekly folder. You can read here more on how I organise my photos for my Project Life.

– Next would be deciding the protector I want to use. Once I choose the protector, I would then decide the format of the photos to print to fit the pockets. At this moment, I’m using Design K a lot because I love the mix of 4×4 and 3×4 sizes. I bought two packs a few months ago and I’ve used up one. And I need to order it again from Studio Calico shop.:)

– 99% of my photos are taken with my iPhone 5S and I usually crop them to squares for my Instagram posting. Editing is all done on the phone using Snapseed and VSCO Cam apps. I always edit my photos with these apps before I upload them to my folder on my Mac. It saves me a LOT of time this way instead of editing all the photos in my Photoshop. I’ve been using these two apps for the longest time and I’m loving them so much! And they’re absolutely FREE!

– Once the photos are printed, I trimmed them and they go straight into the pockets. You can read more about how I print my photos here. I would do another tutorial on printing 4×4 and 3×3 on my Canon Pixma iP4970 printer soon. I only print at home. Been doing that for years and I love the convenience of getting my photos printed any time I want.

– If I have time, I’ll work on my spread right away but these days, I would not spend too much time over the weekend on my spread. I travel quite a bit over the weekdays, so my weekend is for my family. So, I would lay my spread on my work table and work on them over a span of few days, a couple of cards each time. This works well for me right now as I need to change my routine due to my new job.

So, this how I’m keeping my momentum week after week. If you’re wondering whether I’m overwhelmed with my traveling schedule, work, family and keeping up with my Project Life? Not at all.

In fact, I truly enjoy every moment of my packed daily schedule. Yes, I do feel tired being on my feet all day and getting only 5-6 hours sleep every day. But that’s how I like my life to be. I cannot imagine myself not being busy and with a lot of time on hand.:)

And I’m definitely still loving Project Life. I don’t feel burdened or stressed at all getting my PL done and keeping it up to date, I just enjoy it. Documenting my day to day memory is something that I look forward to. When life gets so busy day after day, week after week, flipping through those pages, it just brings back a lot of wonderful memories and makes it worthwhile. And I’m glad Project Life helps me preserve those memories.


I had this week’s spread done weeks ago but I only managed to photograph them last weekend. I’m using Design K protector for the left side of the spread. Like I said, it’s my favourite configuration right now.

I printed the 4×4 photos on Canon 4×6 photo papers with border setting. I just trimmed off both sides of the square photo and it becomes 4×4 format.

The Day In The Life 4×4 Cards are by Ali Edwards from Designer Digitals shop. The cards fit perfectly and I love the sentiments on them. I used the sentiment cards as filler without adding embellishments and I think they look great on its own.

I love that this collection also comes with a few journaling cards, so I just alternate the cards with my photos and added my own words and a sticker or two.

I printed these digital printable cards on a white art paper 450 gms in weight, so they’re pretty thick and sturdy. I bought big sheets of this white non-textured art paper from my local store Art Friend at the Clementi branch. It’s a huge sheet and I can cut it up to 6 pieces of Letter size sheet. And it only cost less than $2 for one big sheet! For that kind of weight, it’s definitely worth it!


The silver stars and circle puffy stickers are from Penny Arcade PL add-on Bottle Toss.


I’m beginning to write directly onto photos lately and I love how it looks. I use Kuretake Zig Photo Signature black pen when I journal on photos. It’s fade & water resistant and it dries up immediately after writing on the photos.

The Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski is from Penny Arcade Project Life main kit. I seriously can’t get enough of these chipboards and I so wish they sell it separately!

The yellow greenish puffy sticker is from Evalicious. I love her puffy stickers collection and I’m now eyeing her Fall collection. She’s currently moving home so her shop is closed and will re-open in September. Until then. 😉


Have I told you how much I love the Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski?! *laugh*


My weekdays are either very exciting (when I’m out of town traveling to other countries) or very mundane with a 9-6 fixed work time from Monday to Friday. If I’m not traveling, I’m usually stuck on my desk (where else would I be!!).

So, instead of whining “I could not get enough photos when I’m at work 5 days a week!” or “Oh, what photo would I take at my workplace?” or “I’m taking photo of me holding a cup again?”. I’m sure you have this dilemma, right? “D

I love the idea of taking a selfie of myself at my work desk. Even though I’m glued to the same spot every day but hey, I wear different outfit everyday ok! *laugh*

How do I take a selfie at work or even when I’m travelling?

I prop my iPhone on my GorillaPod I bought from Joby a while back. I’ve got the MPod Mini Stand for my work place and the original GripTight GorillaPod that I use at home and when I’m traveling. I swear by these stands because I LOVE that it’s portable and the three-legged mount can expand easily to grip my phone or even a compact camera! You can read more on the features of the GorillaPod here (Please note that I’m NOT being sponsored by Joby to promote their products. I’m simply giving my review of the GorillaPod Stands that I’ve been using for months). 

Once I set up my phone on the stand, I use the Timercam, which is a free self timer camera app and set it up to take my selfie shots. Easy.


I mixed up my protectors this week and used Design A for the right side. I used this config the whole of 2013 and it’s still my all time favourite protector. I love that the 4×6 pockets allow me to include a pocket size photo and still leaves me a lot of room to add journaling and embellishments.

I use a lot of the 4×6 grid cards from Studio Calico because it leaves me a clean and uncluttered white background. It makes my photos the focus of my memory keeping.


That silver lined label is from Bottle Toss and the “brilliant” word sticker is from Heidi Swapp. It’s a pack of shiny puffy sticker with words and shapes and I got it from Two Peas In A Bucket before they closed their business. I’ve missed shopping at their store!:(


That heart is from Heidi Swapp’s Acrylic Hearts collection. I’ve got them from Two Peas as well.


The two square photos are 2.5″x2.5″ each. You can read how I print that size here. I like to place two photos on a 4×6 card when they’re photo sequence of the same event. This was taken during the Chinese Dumpling Festival week when the hub decided to make the dumpling himself. It was his first time cooking and wrapping dumpling and they tasted delicious! Great work for a first timer! 😉


I’m using more of my favourite puffy sticker from Evalicious (camera) and Dear Lizzy (circle). The blue acrylic star is from Heidi Swapp, the same collection as the acrylic heart.

That’s all for Week 22.

Wow, I’m really making up for lost time and I hope what I shared here today is useful for you.:)

Thank you once again for reading my blog and my Week 23 post will be coming real soon.

Happy Wednesday!

  • EviAugust 7, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Thanks a lot Leena for this post.
    Yeah it’s useful !!!
    Even if I read your blog for a long time now (and I’ve read those article you linked yet), it’s always a good reminder !!!
    (sorry if my english is bad…)

  • MerrickAugust 7, 2014 - 12:44 am

    I am just starting to play with Project Life and found this post motivational.

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyAugust 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Your posts are always useful. Lots of good information. So useful in fact that I just bought the gorillapod! This should help me get more pictures of myself into my PL since I am usually alone.

  • FernandaAugust 21, 2014 - 6:46 am

    I loved your post! I’m kind of a newbie in PL I started with a travel album and a mini year book, but I am still finding my own style. So to read about other people process is really enlightening, thanks for sharing :)

July came and it was gone in a blink of an eye. And here I thought it was still June! *laugh*

I haven’t been able to pop in here the past few weeks as I was away in Korea and Thailand for work and I couldn’t get into my blog to post anything. There was some kind of a glitch and I tried so hard to fix it but I gave up. I finally dragged myself to get it fixed last night and I think it’s working alright now. Fingers crossed. I think my blog is kind of ‘sulking’ because I haven’t been taking really good care of it for months!

Life is going good for me. I know I haven’t been around here much after I started my new job in May. I have lots of traveling lined up since I started working again, learning and adapting to my new working environment. Do bear with me for a little longer until the dust has settled, soon I hope.

So, here’s a quick glimpse of my July.

IMG_6734See ya all real soon!

  • Linda in AusAugust 5, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    I remember seeing your waffle pic on IG and it inspired me to get out my waffle maker and make some. YUM. Ha i haven’t done a post on my blog since June last year, that is terrible, so don’t feel bad we all know that life gets busy.

Well, it’s Studio Calico sneak time again!

I did not receive my August goodies before I left for my business trips and the box came a little later than usual, so I have not whip out anything to share for the Sandlot sneaks.

So, I’m sharing some sneaks from Studio Calico instead and these are another favorite month for me!

Sandlot Project Life Kit


Yeah Yeah (PL Add-on 1)


Repeat (PL Add-on 2)


I can’t wait to dive into my kits!

  • Linda in AusAugust 5, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    I wanted yeah yeah this month but i missed out, never mind i have a huge stash to use.

This has been way overdue but it’s better late than never.

So, here’s the 4×6 printable calendar for free download.

Please do not claim this as your own, other than that you can do whatever you like with these printable calendar. It’s not necessary to credit me but I’d be happy if you do.:)

Calendar 2014_BlogMany of you may be asking me when will the 2015 calendar be available. I cannot give you an answer just yet. But most probably it’ll be some time in the last quarter of the year after October or November. I’m pretty tied up with work so I really can’t get them out sooner.

Have fun using the calendar!

  • AnitaJuly 7, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Wow! These are great! Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us! :)

  • AndreaJuly 8, 2014 - 10:32 am

    I love your cards!. Thank you for sharing.

  • AnneJuly 29, 2014 - 7:45 am

    These are wonderful! Thank you for your generosity.

  • JillSeptember 3, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Oh MY, these are gorgeous!
    Just saw this on Pinterest and I just had to take a look. I love the way you did them, and thank you so much for sharing.
    Really looking forward to 2015 calendar
    Thanks again
    Hugs, Jill

  • ToniOctober 29, 2014 - 4:18 am

    These are beautiful!! Any chance you have these for 2015?

I took the day off today, staying home just chilling out. I came home at midnight on Saturday from Vietnam and Sunday went too soon, so my body was screaming for a break. I’m glad I did take the day off and it was a good one.

I spent a good few hours clearing some emails, reading and chatting with Ethan in the morning. And I continued with my Project Life with some weeks that’s needing some final touch. I’ve had all my pictures printed up to Week 26 as of yesterday and I have to proudly say I’m current right now.:)


I’ve never come this close to being current and it took me one heck of a discipline to do that.

So, what’s my secret to staying current?

Well, I’m one person who is extremely disciplined when it comes to uploading photos every single week without fail. I do this at the end of the week, and I always spend a good one hour getting my photos transferred from my phone to my special Project Life folder. As time goes, it becomes a habit and it gets easier each time. Do this for one good year and you can do it with both eyes closed! *laugh*

Seriously, getting my photos uploaded to my folder, printing them and inserting into my page protectors even without doing anything else do help a LOT. I steal some time in between the weekdays after my boys have gone to bed, the house becomes quiet and peaceful and that’s how I get down to my pages with all the photos printed, all I need is just to add embellishments and journaling. Sometimes I can finish it off in one sitting for an hour but sometimes it’ll take me two nights but that’s fine.

I used to update my spread on the weekend but I changed my routine after I started my new job in May. My boys are my priority over the weekend because I’m starting to travel again, I lost my time with my boys on the week days. So, my time over the weekend is for them. Then again, I do bend my rules and I steal 30 minutes here and there on weekend mornings to whip up a few cards.

So, that’s my secret of staying current right now. If things change again in my work routine, I’ll have to adapt to another process. I’m quick at adjusting maybe because I could manage my time well. Let’s just say I could do with just 5-6 hours of sleep, be up for work by 7am, gets home at 7pm, have dinner and tv time with my boys, spend another few hours of ‘me’ time before I hit the sack and the cycle continues for the rest of the week. And I’ll still be ok.:)

I hope things are working well for you at your end. Remember to take your own time and enjoy the memory-keeping. That’s all it matters.

  • Magda MizeraJuly 1, 2014 - 2:57 am

    oh Leena, I have the same! :) every Sunday evening (or Monday morning) i select photos from the whole week and send them to my print shop. they’re ready on the next day and I can work on my spreads during the week. it’s so much easier than leaving it till the end of a month or so.
    you’re the one that inspired me to start my album! ♥


  • CindyJuly 5, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    I have about the same daily routine. Only I need 6-7 hours of sleep, and my boy wakes up at 5 PM… Say bye bye to the me-time, haha! Luckely the hubby enjoyed one or two nightwatch of gaming, so I can do PL!
    Love your spreads, you are a real inspiration. However, if I try your style, it looks like a bomb went of in a scrapbook store, haha!!

  • Cele SchafferAugust 1, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Love this post and the post today on Studio Calico re: organization. I was wondering if you could give us a few more details about your printing process-what type printer,paper and how you place them on your paper…Do you use just phone for pics or particular cameras?? Love to see all your hard work and beautiful creativity-thank you so much!